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Hospital to Resume Procedure After Death

December 27, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

A hospital where a patient died during gastric bypass surgery announced it would resume the weight-loss surgeries after determining doctors had conducted the procedure properly.

Robert Messa, 27, died Nov. 18, about a half-hour into a laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery, also known as stomach stapling. The procedure uses staples or stitches to dramatically reduce the stomach's size and bypass part of the small intestine to cause weight loss.

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